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Banjara Stitches

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
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With Bonnie Adie

$295 [Includes $70 lab fee] class limit 14. Jun 1, 2, 3, 2018 (Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

The Banjara are known throughout India for their powerful embroidery. In both stitch and pattern, the work of this group showcases a surprisingly modern aesthetic, deliberately creating and breaking symmetries. 

The collection of stitches used by the Banjara is large, reflecting the traditions of groups that have settled in different areas throughout India.

This workshop presents the embroiderer with a chance to learn the stitches of the Banjara and to gain an understanding of the Banjara approach to constructing a geometric pattern on a field of cloth. Bonnie will teach with reference to both contemporary and historic pieces from the Maiwa Collection. 

Bonnie was one of the stitch consultants for the newly released hardcover book Textiles of the Banjara. Her workshop will also showcase some of the stitch research that went into the first book-length study of Banjara costume and embroidery.

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About Bonnie Adie

Bonnie is inspired by the dialogue between traditional and contemporary embroidery techniques. She is also captivated by the potential dynamics of thread textures and backgrounds. Bonnie has completed the City and Guilds of London Creative Embroidery and Design course presented by Julia Caprara and the Opus School of Textiles as well as several courses with national and international tutors.

Her work has been exhibited in various galleries in British Columbia, England, and the United States. She is involved with the North Shore Needle Arts Guild and the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts and assisted in forming Arrowsmith Needle Arts. Bonnie is also a past member and treasurer of fibreEssence.